|Peak:||James Peak (13er)|
|Route:||From St. Marys|
|Date of Info:||06/17/2014|
Some hard-packed snow drifts below treeline. The glacier is holding fairly firm snow in the morning, quite a bit softer in the afternoon, and extends just about all the way up to about 11,500.
Some large sun-cupped snowfields past Jamaica flats. Post-holed in a couple of places after noon, primarily on the higher edges of the snowfields (hidden mini-bergschrunds).
All in all, good snow conditions for hiking; no need for crampons or spikes. Floatation would be overkill, but was glad to have gaiters on the descent. Good glissading off the summit!
Note: If you decide to ascend the via the ridgeline on the right, there are a couple of small cornices so stay left; the ridge itself is mostly dry, so they're easy to avoid.
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